April 1, 2007
SAN DIEGO - The Washington State University women's rowing team hung tough with the competition at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The Cougar's varsity eight completed the Mission Bay course in 7:06.74. The all-Pacific-10 final was very competitive. WSU's time in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final was only than seven seconds slower than runner-up California.
"It was very tight field, very competitive," head coach Jane LaRiviere said. "I thought we were able to come together and improve from yesterday."
WSU's second varsity eight and novice eight competed in grand finals that had only a 20 seconds differential separating the first crew from the last. The second varsity eight crew finished fifth in its race, but was within 12 seconds of first place Southern California. The Cougars completed the race for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy in 7:18.52.
The novice eight came in sixth in the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy Grand Final, posting a time of 7:26.54.
WSU returns to the Palouse to host cross-state rival Washington Saturday, April 7, at Wawawai Landing.
San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego (Mission Bay)
Whittier Cup Grand Final Varsity Eight+
1. Southern California 6:52.23 2. California 6:59.99 3. Stanford 7:01.08 4. UCLA 7:01.75 5. Oregon State 7:06.30 6. WSU 7:06.74
Hungness Trophy Grand Final Second Varsity Eight+
1. Southern California 7:06.60 2. Oregon St 7:09.82 3. UCLA 7:10.00 4. California 7:14.06 5. WSU 7:18.52 6. Stanford 7:22.03
Perpetual Trophy Grand Final Novice Eight+
1. UCLA 7:06.87 2. Oregon St 7:16.29 3. Stanford 7:17.51 4. California 7:18.96 5. Kansas St 7:21.24 6. WSU 7:26.54